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Fuller cheeks are associated with a youthful looking face. High, firm, chiseled cheekbones is a standard of beauty that will never go out of style.
Even if you were born with naturally perfect cheekbones, aging and gravity can cause cheek muscles to atrophy - contributing to the downward sag throughout the lower part of the face and neck.
Also, as we age, the shape of our face changes from a "triangle shape" (more fullness at the top of the face), to sort of a square-ish shape (more fullness at the lower part of the face).
Done properly, regular facial exercises can help firm and build all major muscles in the face and neck... including those sagging cheeks.
And, while there are "bonus" exercises you can do to increase volume and round out the cheek area, you need to start with a good foundation first.
You want a balanced, elegant look which can only be achieved by exercising the whole face and neck.
Plus, as you age, other areas of your face will be of concern (like sagging jowls and neck wrinkles). So investing in a good facial exercise program is a good idea no matter what issues you have with your face.
Which Face Exercises are Best? Finding a good facial exercise routine is a personal choice. If you don't like the workout - you won't do it. So it's really important to shop around and check out the different programs available to find one you'll enjoy doing.
After years of trying several different exercise programs, I settled on Carolyn's Facial Fitness. Click here to visit her site and see if this is something you would enjoy doing.
Cheek Exercises (bonus exercise)
Once you've been doing a regular facial workout for 3-6 months, you can evaluate your face to see if you want more volume in the cheek area. Some people may not, so it's important to evaluate your progress after a few months.
In my case, I wanted fuller cheeks at the bottom of part of my cheek area. So I contacted Carolyn (owner of the Facial Fitness) and asked her help. The exercise pictured below is one of my favorite "bonus" cheek exercise for fuller cheeks. It's called the Cheek Shaper.
Carolyn originally designed the cheek shaper to help smooth out any unevenness in cheek building and keep them even and balanced. However, I found that this helped round and build out the lower part of my cheeks and alleviate some sagging I had around the lower part of my face.
Please note: This particular bonus exercise worked well for my situation. But, Carolyn has lots of different bonus workouts for a wide variety of facial shapes and issues.
My experience with cheek fillers
I’ve always had naturally high cheekbones and while they served me well up until my late 40s, once I got into my 50s, my cheeks started to look deflated and flattened.
Personally, my limited experience with fillers was not so great. The fillers just made my face look bloated. Not the look I was after! That’s what lead me to discover the benefits face exercises.
I can see that gravity was taking its toll – and not just in the cheek area but in the entire lower part of my face – especially my neck!
The problem with fillers is they didn’t address other facial aging issues like a double chin, droopy jaw line, or sagging neck skin.
I know I needed something that can “fix” my whole face/neck!
That’s when I learned about face exercising and while I knew I was onto something good. But finding a facial exercise routine that I liked and could stick for the long term was much harder than I thought.
Some exercises took too much time or were too complicated. You know the old saying about exercises – if you hate it or find it too tedious – you won’t do them!
The other problem I ran into was finding a face exercise program that was gentle (not a lot of tugging or pulling) and complete. I was surprised how many didn’t address all 58 muscles of the face and neck and some didn’t even address the neck at all!
After years of searching I finally found CFF - which works perfectly for me. I’m getting great results wanted and love what the massaging effect has had on my skin too.
What have you tried to get fuller cheeks? What was your experience? Feel free to share with us at the Anti-Aging Blog.
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